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Under the Harvest Moon by Robin Hale


Witches, vampires, shapeshifters, covens…magic. This book is fantasy bookended with romance.

Laurel Pearson has never felt that she ‘belonged’. Encouraged by her loving foster mom, Laurel decides to find somewhere she belongs, picks up a dart and throws it on a map and ends up in Cincinnati. On her way to a maybe-interview, Laurel almost gets run over by a truck and then gets some TLC and a job in a bookstore, Book Wyrm. Wyrm stocks trinkets and dried herbs in addition to books. Laurel is sent to pick up an order of herbs to Barleywick and finds the driver of the truck that almost ran her over, Rhea Barnes. Gruff, short and unwelcoming, the woman with an intricate design of scars all over intrigues Laurel. It doesn’t take long before Laurel start discovering things about herself, viz. that she is a witch, and about her magical parents.

We really wanted to like this book much more than we did because we completely loved this author’s previous book, Silhoutte, and because Laurel is adorable. But Rhea killed it for us. No matter how much an author justifies a character, we just cannot get behind someone who leads on – lets down – locks out another person. Especially one as sweet as Laurel.

But despite our personal preference, this book is admittedly very well written (with some great lines and hilarious lines), engaging and entertaining. 


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